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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week: October 11-17

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Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square

October 1—31, 6—10 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with fog, lights, music, and surprises! While you’re there, the Franklin Square Fountain runs shows every 30 minutes with synchronized lights and music. Advanced timed tickets are required available online at historicphiladelphia.org.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

September 11—November 7

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Now it’s really fall, because Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys and fall decorations of all kinds. Linvilla does not do Pick Your Own pumpkins; their pumpkins are pre-harvested.

Candytopia

Now through December 31

901 Market St.

 

This immersive– and highly instaworthy– pop-up devoted to all things sweet returns to Fashion District Philadelphia for a second limited run. Jump in the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions, and much more– plus candy in every room! Advance tickets required online. 

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Exhibit at Please Touch Museum

October 8–January 16

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Visitors of all ages are invited to come along with Dorothy and Toto on a multi-sensory exploration of the Land of Oz! Read more in our preview.

‘Big Time’ at the Philadelphia Zoo

Through November 1; advance tickets required

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.

Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

October 2-31

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 14th year with the 2021 theme, Heroes! The creative scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum, and visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.

Colonial Gardens’ Pumpkinland

Through October 31

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

 

Celebrate fall with hayrides, the corn maze, castle, and Halloween display of colorful cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch, and over ten tons of pumpkins!

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through November 28

222 N. 20th St.

 

A highly colorful and interactive exhibit makes its debut at the Franklin Institute. Crayola IDEAworks is an immersive experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to challenge visitors, expand creativity, and hone problem-solving skills. Even cooler, with more than 150 physical and digital inquiry-based interactive experiences and challenges, guests can track their progress on an RFID wristband and receive a customized summary of their unique creative strengths discovered on their journey! Read more details in our preview.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select dates from September 24 through November 13

Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue

 

From the creators of Terror Behind the Walls, this brand-new seasonal festival offers more variety with 15 different spooky attractions, transforming abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into immersive, interactive environments. The experience includes two haunted houses (which can be bypassed by those wanting a less scary experience), a 3D fun house, two immersive walkthrough experiences, three live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and special effects like laser shows and large-scale video projections. Visitors can also take a guided, flashlight walking tour of the prison hospital wing focusing on the prison’s complex history. ‘Halloween Nights’ is recommended for kids 12 and older; children under the age of seven are not permitted. Tickets available online. Masks are required in all indoor spaces,  regardless of vaccination status.


Monday

Indigenous Peoples Weekend at Museum of the American Revolution

October 9-11

101 S. Third St.

 

Visit the museum or explore stories online to learn more about Native Americans and the American Revolution. At the Museum, join educators for demonstrations and talks.

Kids’ Fall Baking Class

October 11, 10 am–noon (ages 4-7) and 1–3 pm (ages 8-14)

Hudson Table, 1001 N. Second Street

 

Kids will bake with all the essential fall ingredients! Apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple syrup. They’ll make some delicious baked goods (all nut-free) to eat, and they’ll get some treats to take home. This class is drop off. Pre-register online.

Baby Wordplay in the Park

October 11, 10 am

Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Ave.

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Creative Babies in the Park

October 11, 10 am

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Share bouncing and tickling rhymes, peek-a-boo games, short books, nursery rhymes, and music. Meet at the Youth Services entrance and walk to the park together. Bring your own blanket. Free; pre-register online.

Gladwyne Toddler Storytime

October 11, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Park

 

Bring a blanket and meet at Gladwyne Park for storytime for ages 0-4. Pre-register online.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021 at Shackamaxon

October 11, 11 am–5 pm

Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach St.

 

Indigenous dignitaries, artists, sponsors, vendors, and Lenape guests will be at Penn Treaty Park to celebrate the first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the city.

South Philly Book Fair

October 11, noon–4 pm

Marconi Park Plaza, 2800 S. Broad St.

 

Part of Reading Promise Week, this community book fair will have loads of literacy activities, music, snacks, and fun for all in the park. Plus, they will be giving out 500 free children’s books and literacy kits!


Tuesday

Schuylkill Center Sprouts

October 12, 9:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Together with a favorite grown-up, Sprouts will discover and explore the wonders of nature through sensory-focused classes. This six-week series for little ones ages 2-3 years features walks, songs, and stories. Pre-register for the full series, or drop in for $30 (if space allows).

Mister John’s Music at Kith + Kin

October 12, 10 am

3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

Through music, rhythm and movement, infants and toddlers learn about self-expression, teamwork, sharing, and empathy. all full of surprises and set to your favorite tunes from your favorite artists! This is an all-ages, BYO instruments class. Pre-register online ($25 for drop-in).

Toddler Time in the Park

October 12, 10 am

Outside of Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Stories, finger plays, puppets, rhymes, dancing, and music liven the atmosphere as concepts such as colors, numbers, and letters are introduced. The program is about 20 minutes long. Free; pre-register online.

Outdoor Yoga Storytime

October 12, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, located on the Parkway, across the street from Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St.

 

At Yoga Storytime with Ms. Becky, children will learn how yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breathing can help them manage their emotions, self-soothe, and experience a more meaningful life. Incorporating yoga poses into read-alouds of picture books, move along with children’s yoga music and guided meditations by Bari Koral to help build strength, flexibility, and literacy. Wear something comfy and be ready to move, play, and have fun! Mats are available to borrow, or you can bring your own. Best for ages 2-5.

Storytime in Lovett Park

October 12, 10:30 am

6945 Germantown Ave.

 

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs, and silliness. Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers. This storytime will take place outside, weather permitting.

Imagine More: Story Adventures with Thembi Palmer

October 12, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Park, 921 Youngs Ford Rd., Gladwyne

 

Children ages 3-5 will be immersed in “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” through expressive movements with instruments, actions, and songs. Space is limited to 15 children. Only one caregiver per child. Registration required.

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

October 12, 11 am

1935 Shunk St.

 

Join Miss Sunita for Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday. Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Ages 0-5. Bring Your Own Blanket. Weather permitting.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

October 12, 11:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

October 12, 1 pm

 

Discover what life was like in ancient Mesopotamia through the study of cylinder seals. These tiny stone artifacts are the earliest known signatures, with names and images that tell us about the identities of ancient people. Students will create their own cylinder seal registers using pictures to represent what makes them unique. This 45-minute session with the Penn Museum is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.


Wednesday

Baby Wordplay in the Park

October 13, 9:30 am

811 Bowman Avenue, Wynnewood

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Stories and Songs for Pre-Walkers  in the Park

October 13, 10 am

Outside of Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

This gentle yet lively storytime features bouncing and tickling rhymes, peek-a-boo games, short books, nursery rhymes, and music while young babies sit comfortably close to their caregivers. This is exclusively for pre-walkers. Free; pre-register online.

Paleo Playdate at Academy of Natural Sciences

October 13, 10:15 am

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Have some fun with Academy experts and other young natural history fans for a very special science story time. Each week will feature new stories, new hands-on activities, take-home crafts, and room to move and explore. For ages 3-5. Pre-register online.

Outdoor Preschool Storytime at Richmond Library

October 13, 10:30 am

2987 Almond St.

 

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for stories, songs, and fun. Recommended for ages 4 and under with caregivers.

Bilingual Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

October 13, 10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Señora Maureene for a mini fiesta and storytime at Lulu’s!

Joy and Justice: Reading Promise Festival

October 13, 3–5 pm

Jenks Academy for the Arts & Sciences, 8301 Germantown Ave.

 

Joy and Justice is an afternoon of literacy fun for families and children of all ages, celebrating books with read alouds, music, snacks, giveaways, and more.

Sesame Place’s Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru

Wednesdays in October, 5:30-7:30 pm

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Coming back from last year’s pivot, the Not-Too Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru is another way to experience Halloween at Sesame Place: from the comfort of your vehicle! Wind your way through ten not-too-spooky zones of Halloween fun, including Abby’s Magical Pumpkin Patch, Bert & Ernie’s Halloween Hoedown, and Cookie Monster’s Treat Fleet. The whole event culminates in a Monster Mash Bash down the iconic Sesame Street Neighborhood, where Sesame friends will be out in their costumes for a Halloween celebration. Guests will also be able to trick-or-treat their way through the experience and take advantage of special photo opportunities from inside their cars. Plus, before entering the Drive-Thru zones, guests will pass through an exclusive Halloween market where yummy treats and flashing glow products will be available for purchase. Pre-registration required online.

Princess Party with Mal

October 13, 6 pm

Ridley Township Public Library, 100 E. Macdade Blvd., Folsom

 

Join Mal from Disney’s Descendants for stories, songs, dancing, games, questions, and more! Children may dress up in costumes; masks are required for ages 2 and up. Free; pre-register online.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

October 14, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

From shakers to tambourines and drums, choose your favorite musical instrument to join the band and rock out with Sandcastle Fun Co. as they take kids ages 1-5 on a rock and roll journey. Drop-in passes available online.

Preschool Yoga at Kith + Kin

October 14, 10 am

3060 W. Jefferson Street

 

Best for ages 2-4, kids’ yoga combines traditional yoga poses with reading, singing, mindfulness, and breathing techniques. Props and music are used with movement to help build strength, flexibility, and coordination as well as providing children with strategies to manage emotions and “big feelings.” Pre-register online for the four-week series, or drop in for $15. Bring your own yoga mat.

Mandie’s Nature Nook

October 14, 10 am

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore

 

Join Youth, Family, and Diversity Programs Coordinator Mandie Curtis Banks and Mari, her special caterpillar friend, for mornings full of stories, singing, dancing, and playing as they dig into nature. This in-person series is a free program for babies through PreK aged children and their caregivers. All classes will be held outdoors if weather permits. In case of severe weather, a virtual option will be offered through Zoom. The class is free, but registration is required and limited.

Preschool Stories in the Park

October 14, 10 am

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Sing, dance, imagine, learn, and, of course, read stories. A different letter of the alphabet will be featured each week. The program is about 30 minutes long. Free; pre-register online.

Outdoor Storytime at Franklin Square

October 14, 10:30 am

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Children under 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Independence Library’s Ms. Betsy at the Franklin Square Park in the pavilion (west of the mini golf course) for storytime.

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

October 14, 10:30 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces. For babies with caregivers; siblings welcome.

Fall Storytime in Chestnut Hill

October 14, 10:30 am

Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.

 

Join Ms. Prather for stories, songs, and rhymes outside on the grassy area next to the library.

Virtual Brandywine River Museum Virtual Read Aloud: ‘This is Not My Hat’

October 14, 10:30 am

 

Families with young children are invited to join museum staff on Zoom for a morning of fun interactive storytelling and artwork engagement. Each family will receive suggestions for connecting to the book at home with craft and sensory exploration ideas. Pre-register online.

Outdoor Preschool Storytime in West Philly

October 14, 11 am

Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street

 

Stories, songs, and fun for ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

October 14, 11:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

Self Care Thursday: Lavender Sachets

October 14, 3 pm

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.

 

Drop in between 3–5 pm and learn how to make a calming lavender sachet. All materials will be provided. Space will be limited but no sign ups are required. This program is designed for ages 12 and up.

The Great Pumpkin Carve

October 14, 4—9 pm

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford

 

An annual Chadds Ford tradition, the three-day event highlights over 70 giant pumpkins carved into spooktacular creations. Carvers work through the early evening on Thursday and then illuminate their masterpieces by candlelight. Guests can view the carvers at work Thursday and the finished products Friday and Saturday. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there is a giant kid-friendly Haunted Trail, food for sale, and live music. Admission is available at the gate on each day of the event. Free for kids under 6.

Escape Room at West Oak Lane Library

October 14, 4 pm

2000 E. Washington Lane

 

Solve clues to try and escape the meeting room. This program will take place inside the library and space is very limited.

Luxury Literacy Picnic in Clark Park

October 14, 5:30 pm

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.

 

Families are invited for a storytime picnic featuring a young reader photoshoot and free children’s books.


Friday

Homeschool Workshop: Surviving the Wild: Adaptations

October 15, 9:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd.

 

EPZ’s HomeSchool Workshops take children on a deep dive into a variety of STEM-based learning and discovery topics. Students will learn about the environment and the animals that live there all while having a safe and engaging experience. Each class is a 90-minute program and includes an up-close animal greet, a lesson, and a hands-on activity. Participants do not have to be homeschool students to participate in this program; all learners ages 9-12 are welcome. Pre-register online.

Sand Jam Music and Movement

October 15, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

In this Jamboree style class, kids ages 1-4 will explore engaging movement activities through a dynamic musical lens with Sandcastle Fun Co. Drop-in passes available online.

In the Park with Baby Wordplay

October 15, 10 am

Lemon Hill Park

 

Join Baby Wordplay for their SPark (Storyplays in the Park) series! Baby Wordplay storyplays are literacy-rich, fun opportunities to engage your little one with reading, songs, fingerplays, and puppets. Best for ages 6 weeks to 5 years but all ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket and water, and wear a mask. $20 drop-in (if space allows).

Books and Blankets

October 15, 10:30 am

Penn Wynne Park, 1214 E. Manoa Road, Wynnewood

 

Join Ms. Danielle for outdoor storytime. Bring a blanket and be ready for stories, songs, and silliness.

Read, Baby, Read Outdoor Storytime at Malcolm X Park

October 15, 11 am

Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine St.

 

Babies and their caregivers are invited to enjoy lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces.

Teen Cooking and Crafts: Make & Take

October 15, 3:30 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Join the Field Teen Center’s SAGA group and Nourishing Literacy for seasonal-themed creative art and cooking projects for this most eerie season! Teens will be meeting outdoors in the courtyard directly off the Field Teen Center for fun– and treats!

The Great Pumpkin Carve

October 15, 4—9 pm

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford

 

An annual Chadds Ford tradition, the three-day event highlights over 70 giant pumpkins carved into spooktacular creations. Carvers work through the early evening on Thursday and then illuminate their masterpieces by candlelight. Guests can view the carvers at work Thursday and the finished products Friday and Saturday. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there is a giant kid-friendly Haunted Trail, food for sale, and live music. Admission is available at the gate on each day of the event. Free for kids under 6.

‘Hocus Pocus’ Friday Movie Night at The Bourse

October 15, 6:30 pm

The Bourse, 111 South Independence Mall East

 

The Bourse invites witches, ghouls, and spooky season lovers alike to the patio on three Fridays in October to watch Hocus Pocus on a 16-foot projector while enjoying themed treats from select The Bourse Food Hall vendors. Tickets are available for $20 per table (tables seat up to four guests). Seating is limited, so pre-register online. The movie will start promptly at 7 pm, but ticketholders are invited to arrive as early as 6 pm to enjoy a themed snack and beverage prior to the showing.

‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

October 15, 7 pm

The Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore

 

Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life’s great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy of friendship. Tickets available online.

‘Singin’ In The Rain’ Opening Night

 October 15, 7 pm

Salt Performing Arts, The Theatre at Yellow Springs, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved film. The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted for the stage in Singin’ in the Rain. This is a family-friendly performance, but opening night is black tie!

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical

October 15, 7:30 pm

Footlighters Theatre, 58 Main Avenue, Berwyn

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical is a stage musical, co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with songs by various artists and a book by Kyle Jarrow. It is based on the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Tickets available online.


Weekend Events

Boo at the Zoo

Weekends from October 16—31

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

Put on your favorite costume and set out on a trick-or-treat safari around the zoo. There are also festive displays throughout the zoo that make for great photo ops. To minimize touchpoints, candy will be available at stations around the Zoo. Tickets available online. While you’re there, make a reservation to catch Big Time one last time before it goes extinct!

Franklin Fright

Weekends from October 1–31

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Spooky science, scary live shows, and other frightfully fun, family-friendly festivities take over the museum this October. Come dressed in your best costume and trick-or-treat indoors, through iconic exhibits with surprises behind each of the festive doors! Meet monsters, mummies, and magicians while collecting tasty treats! Included with admission; bring your own bag for trick-or-treating. Masks are required for all guests age 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status.

The Pop-Up Marketplace in LOVE Park

October 16-17

1500 JFK Blvd.

 

LOVE Park’s Pop-Up Marketplace will feature diverse local businesses and entrepreneurs on weekends throughout October. The pop-up experience will also feature free programming, including free community yoga and meditation classes on Sundays, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and more.

Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square

October 1—31, 6—10 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with fog, lights, music, and surprises! While you’re there, the Franklin Square Fountain runs shows every 30 minutes with synchronized lights and music. Advanced timed tickets are required available online at historicphiladelphia.org.    

Boo at the Elmwood Park Zoo

Weekends, October 9 through 31, noon — 3 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Bring the little ones for a fun-filled afternoon for princesses, ghosts, and superheroes of all ages. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag, as treat stations will be located throughout the zoo! Come dressed in your creative costume and participate in the costume parade (2:30 pm at the bison stage).

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical

October 15 and 16, 7:30 pm; October 17, 2 pm

Footlighters Theatre, 58 Main Avenue, Berwyn

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical is a stage musical, co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with songs by various artists and a book by Kyle Jarrow. It is based on the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Tickets available online.

Frozen, Jr.

October 16, 11:30 am; and October 17, noon

The Media Theatre, 104 East State Street, Media

 

Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. Tickets available online.

‘Singin’ In The Rain’

 October 15–17

Salt Performing Arts, The Theatre at Yellow Springs, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved film. The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted for the stage in Singin’ in the Rain. This is a family-friendly performance.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Brick or Treat

October 2 through November 14

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Celebrate the spookiest time of the year at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Create your own LEGO pumpkin, pose with Bonesy, find all the scary scenes in a Miniland scavenger hunt, and much more!

Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

October 2-31

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 14th year with the 2021 theme, Heroes! The creative scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum, and visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 7

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come in costume and celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun! The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven and guests will enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, participating in an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!

‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

October 15–17

The Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore

 

Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life’s great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy of friendship. Tickets available online.

Robin Hood

October 16, 10 am; and October 17, 1 pm

Hedgerow Farmhouse, 146 W. Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley

 

Robin Hood along with his friends Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian swashbuckle their way into our hearts as they do all the wrong things for the right reasons. Make sure to bring your favorite beach chair and blanket for this outdoor performance. Advance tickets required; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Morgan’s Pier Fall Fest

September 24–October 30

Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

 

Fall Fest at Morgan’s Pier always brings a full month of special events, fall food and drinks, and family fun to the waterfront. Events include weekend pumpkin carving (pick a pumpkin for $5 to $10 and carve it!), fall decor, seasonal treats, and local brews. Reservations are recommended for table service; walk-ins are welcome for all bar areas.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

September 11—November 7

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Now it’s really fall, because Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys and fall decorations of all kinds. Linvilla does not do Pick Your Own pumpkins; their pumpkins are pre-harvested.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select dates from September 24 through November 13

Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue

 

From the creators of Terror Behind the Walls, this brand-new seasonal festival offers more variety with 15 different spooky attractions, transforming abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into immersive, interactive environments. The experience includes two haunted houses (which can be bypassed by those wanting a less scary experience), a 3D fun house, two immersive walkthrough experiences, three live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and special effects like laser shows and large-scale video projections. Visitors can also take a guided, flashlight walking tour of the prison hospital wing focusing on the prison’s complex history. ‘Halloween Nights’ is recommended for kids 12 and older; children under the age of seven are not permitted. Tickets available online. Masks are required in all indoor spaces,  regardless of vaccination status.

Riverbend’s ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt

October 16–November 7

1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Instead of their annual Shiverfest celebration, Riverbend came up with a family-friendly way to enjoy the fun of their signature Halloween event in your own home and safely at the environmental center this year.  Purchase a ShiverQuest Investigator Kit (on sale now), filled with games, activities, and cool tools that can be used at home and in your own backyard. The kits also contain instructions on how to download an app and participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt at Riverbend that starts on October 16–look for clues, and beat challenges as a family to solve the mystery. Participants of the scavenger hunt will be entered to win a week of Riverbend Summer Camp for the 2022 summer season.

OctoberFEAST

October 16 and 17
41 Peddler’s Village Road, Lahaska

 

Join Peddler’s Village for OctoberFeast, featuring German-themed food, beverages, live entertainment, and activities. As always, admission and parking are free.


Saturday

Lit Fest in West

October 16, 9 am–noon

Samuel Gompers School, 5701 Wynnefield Ave.

 

Come out for free book giveaways, grab-and-go snacks, arts and crafts, storytimes, and more family fun.

Cricket BOO!

October 16, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Cricket Avenue, Ardmore

 

Join Lulu’s Casita and pucciManuli for their annual Halloween bash on Cricket Avenue! Kids of all ages will enjoy a morning full of spooky fun including pumpkin hunting, crafts, photo booth, spooky storytime, live music by Roots with Ruark, a costume parade, and even visits from Elsa, Anna, and Elmo! Tickets are limited, and will not be sold at the door, so be sure to get them in advance. To purchase your ticket, email info@luluscasita.com

West Philly Literacy Gala

October 16, 10 am–4 pm

Lombard Central Presbyterian Church, 4201 Powelton Ave.

 

Feel free to dress in costume, and celebrate beloved characters from Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. Plus, community read-alouds, family fun activities, photoshoots, and book giveaways.

Fall Into Reading: South Philly Reading Promise Festival

October 16, 10 am–4 pm

1100 S. 18th St.

 

Come fall in love with phonics, play, laugh, and learn together, and even practice writing skills as you pass down traditions building your family tree. And don’t forget to grab a free snack and book.

Junior Scientist Workshop: When Did Dinos Rule the World?

October 16, 10 am–noon

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Kids in grades 3-5 will be transported back in history to a time when dinosaurs walked the earth and ancient reptiles swam in the seas. Explore specimens from the Academy’s collection and learn how to read them to learn the stories of environments, evolution, and extinction. Find out how Academy scientists collect, prepare and study fossils, practice the skills yourself under the guiding eyes of an Academy paleontologist, and take home your own fossil cast. Pre-registration required online.

Young Readers Book Festival

October 16, 10 am–1 pm

Northeast High School, 1601 Cottman Ave.

 

A morning of family activities, storytimes, games, face painting, book giveaways, and more.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Turns Three!

October 16, 10 am—2 pm

245 Swedesford Rd., Wayne

 

Free cake, family fun, and the chance to win prizes like free bundtlets for a year!

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

October 16, 10 am

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Pick up a nature exploration kit at the Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family to complete the activities inside. Dive into a different theme and collect a new explorer badge each week. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10 am and noon. All ages welcome. No registration or fee required. Masks are required when picking up your kit.

Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt at Sister Cities Park

October 16, 11 am–1 pm

210 N. 18th St.

 

This not-so-scary Halloween celebration will feature a scavenger hunt, candy, free pumpkin painting, spooky storytime with the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a special circus arts performance. And be sure to dress up, because everyone in attendance will be invited to participate in a costume parade through the park!

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s Fit Fest

October 16, noon — 10 pm

Penn Treaty Park, 1301 Beach Street

 

Fit Fest is a free day-long, immersive arts and fitness festival featuring a wide range of professional artists, community members, and health advocates. The annual festival hosts workshops and performances by local ensembles from youth teams and prominent dance crews to neighborhood studios and bodyworkers. Open to people of all ages and levels of ability, Fit Fest raises awareness that healthy lifestyles and meaningful social support can be found in the performing arts. The day will finish with the world premiere of Almanac’s newest production, HAPPY HOUR––a splashy, fun, and interactive performance for all ages with some big surprises.

Applefest at Fox Chase Farm

October 16, noon — 4 pm

8500 Pine Road

 

Get a taste of the country at this lovely event at city-owned Fox Chase Farm. Enjoy a day of cider pressing, apple butter making, hayrides, seasonal games, pumpkin painting, music, and more.

Dickinson Square Park Reading Promise Festival

October 16, noon — 2 pm

Dickinson Square Park, 1600 E. Moyamensing Ave.

 

Come out for a Yoga Walk with Friends of Whitman Library Yoga Instructor Anne Marie Mulgrew, gather free books and resources, and listen to read-alouds.

Growing Great Readers Book Festival

October 16, noon — 4 pm

Historic Fairhill, 2901 Germantown Ave.

 

Go on a literacy scavenger hunt, read favorite stories, and get free books to take home.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

October 16, noon–3 pm

Cira Green, 129 S. 30th St.

 

An afternoon of cartoons on the big screen, lawn games, and food and drink specials atop the city.

Trunk or Treat at Action Karate

October 16, 12:15 pm

500 Fairthorne Ave.

 

Action Karate is hosting a free community Halloween celebration, so come in costume for some fun! Pre-register online for a free candy bag and shark tattoo. 

HOWL-o-ween Pet Costume Contest and Fall Fest

October 16, 1–3 pm

The Bourse, 111 South Independence Mall East

 

This outdoor event will feature drinks, yard games, treats for your pet, and a dog costume contest to benefit The Morris Animal Refuge. The $10 “costume contest entry” ticket enters your pet into the costume contest and snags you an adorable fall-themed photo of your pet in their Howl-o-ween best on the day of the event. Tickets available online.

Parktoberfest

October 16, 2–8 pm

Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.

 

Celebrate fall with food trucks, beer, local live music, and fun events to keep the whole family entertained! 

The Little Circus in Suburban Square

October 16, 2–5 pm

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

The Give & Take Jugglers present The Little Circus, a show featuring aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, and tight wire. The show is infused with the warmth, humor, and audience participation for which Give & Take is known, and is a consistent hit with children and adults alike. Free in Suburban Square!

Run-A-Muck 5K and Countryside Bash

October 16, 2:30 — 8 pm

Donegal Farm, 2700 White Horse Road, Berwyn

 

Come celebrate Willistown’s conserved lands! Run the 5K or muck (walk) the cross-country trail over Crum Creek and through the woods of Donegal Farm. Or, just come watch and enjoy the festivities. Enjoy food, beer, wine, bonfire, and live music by Hetzel Brothers Band while overlooking Kirkwood Preserve. Lawn games, mechanical bull rides, and face painting will be provided. Tickets available online.

The Great Halloween Festival

October 16, 3 — 8 pm
Upper Main Line Branch of the Brandywine YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Road, Berwyn

 

Grab a cape, hop on your broom, and head over to the Y for a howling good time. Enjoy an evening of safe family fun activities at the largest Halloween event on the Main Line including games, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, haunted house, inflatables, snacks, and much more. All members and the public are invited to attend. Pre-registration is required. The event is broken into two, two-hour time windows to allow for greater social distancing. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $30 per family.

GET Respite: Drop-Off Fall Fun

October 16, 4:30 — 7:30 pm

GET Cafe, 246 Haverford Ave., Narberth

 

An evening of fun for school-age kids with special needs while parents get a well-deserved break. Kids will get one-on-one care and activities including pumpkin painting, fall crafts, storytimes, and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring their favorite books. Space is limited to 15 kids; pre-registration required online.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

October 16, 7 pm

Campbell Square, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave.

 

Bring a chair or blanket and gather at Campbell Square for this Halloween classic!


Sunday

Pumpkin Party with Cinderella

October 17, 9:30 am-noon

Lulu’s Casita West Chester, 109 N. High St., West Chester

 

Join Cinderella for a Fall fun-filled morning of pumpkin decorating, bubble dance, and treats (plus mimosas for the adults). Reserve a spot by Venmo @LulusWC or email luluswestchester@gmail.com

Mommy & Me Artsy Tea

October 17, 10 am

Primp & Play, 1520 Locust Street, 2nd Floor

 

Paint tea-shaped flower pots together, sip tea, and enjoy a sweet treat. Children will also receive a manicure while parents receive a keratin hand treatment. Tickets available online.

Marcus Garvey Day Celebration

October 17, 10 am–10 pm

City Hall, 1400 JFK Boulevard

 

Celebrating the rich historic legacy of Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaican political activist and first President of the UNIA-ACL, this free daylong celebration highlights Jamaican culture with food, performances, and more.

Pumpkin Painting at Fleisher Art Memorial

October 17, 11:30 am and 1 pm

Fleisher Art Memorial parking lot, 719 Catharine St.

 

Fleisher hosts a festive celebration with friends, neighbors, and cool jack-o’-lanterns. Large pumpkins and individual painting kits will be available to all attendees alongside artistic guidance to help you create your masterpiece. Space is limited and registration is required to guarantee your timeslot, a pumpkin and kit at the event.

Alice and WonderBooks Reading Festival and Tea Party

October 17, noon–4 pm

Chew Playground, 1800 Washington Ave.

 

Mad for books? Come for an early literacy adventure including storytimes, book giveaways, literacy games, a magic show, and more.

Gold Star Park Reading Promise Week Celebration

October 17, noon–2 pm

613 Wharton St.

 

Book giveaway, read-alouds, community resources, literacy games, and more!

Paint Party at Love City Brewing

October 17, 1 pm

1023 Hamilton Street

 

Enjoy craft beers while your kids paint at a spooky Halloween canvas at this fun, family-friendly event. Pre-registration ($20 per child) is required, and includes all of the supplies. Decorate-Your-Own Cookies from Deana’s Cookie Couture will be available for pre-order as well.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

October 17, 1–4 pm

The Farm at Awbury, 6336 Ardleigh St.

 

Every Sunday is a Fun Day at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum! Free family-friendly activities every weekend: See the goats and chickens, take wellness classes, go on farm tours, and more.

Reading Promise Toon Fest

October 17, 1–6 pm

Shepard Rec Center, 5700 Haverford Ave.

 

A fun-filled day of read-alouds, local authors, crafts, games, food, and hundreds of free books and giveaways for young readers. Children can practice drawing their favorite characters, listen to stories by local reading heroes, and find the perfect book to take home.

Jazz on the Parkway

October 17, 4 pm

Capriccio Café and Bar at Cret Park, 110 N. 16th St.

 

Local jazz ensembles will perform every Sunday afternoon this summer at Cret Park. Grab a drink or snack, or just grab some lawn seating to enjoy the music.

 

 

 

Photograph by Kristen Micucci.

Contributing Writer

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